REPORT – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has signed the Rome Treaty and 19 other international agreements which now paves the way for the Palestinians to pursue war crimes against Israel, whose 50-day Gaza campaign cost more than 2,100 lives, at the International Criminal Court in the Hague. Abbas made good on his threat to join the ICC after the defeat of the Palestinian resolution calling on the complete withdrawal of Israel from the occupied territories by 2017 at the UN Security Council last night. The ratification of the Rome Treaty is the first step to joining the ICC. It also means the Palestinians have opened a new chapter in their relationship with Israel and its Superpower patron, the USA.
India says Pakistani soldiers fired across the disputed border in Kashmir.
One soldier was killed and another wounded. Pakistan has made no comment. India says Pakistan has violated a ceasefire between two on numerous occasions. Indian controlled Kashmir is the most militarised region on earth and is regarded by New Delhi as part of India despite strong popular opposition from within the Himalayan Kingdom.
The US and Israel had contacted the President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan and he had assured them that he would not be backing the UN resolution.
US Secretary of State John Kerry had also contacted several senior members of the Nigerian government.
The Jordanian backed initiative had expected to gain the nine votes needed for the resolution to be passed, before being vetoed by the US later.
It is now clear that the Palestinians had wrongly thought Nigeria which is a rotating member of the security council would vote in favour.
Nigeria whose president recently visited Jerusalem on a pilgrimage is seen as an ally of Israel on the security council.